Save Poolbeg


This morning.

The pipes are calling.


“The ESB state that in order to prevent further deterioration of the chimneys, steel caps were erected in 2015 and that the ongoing cost of the maintenance programme, which includes the removal of hazardous material and the decarbonising of the inner thermal lining, will run to several million euro, and that this will secure the chimneys in the medium term,” the council said.

In 2017, ESB gave a written commitment for 10 years to maintain the chimneys. The red and white chimneys, standing at 207m tall, were built in the 1970s and only had a planned lifespan of 30-40 years. As such, the power plant ceased production over 10 years ago with both chimneys being decommissioned officially in 2006 and 2010.

Dublin City Council added that in order to maintain the chimneys, it: “may give rise to the need for the structures to be encased in a new concrete or fibreglass casing”.


Poolbeg chimneys ‘may need to be encased in fibreglass or concrete’ (


23 thoughts on “Save Poolbeg

    1. Cú Chulainn

      What better captures Dublin than a disused coal fired chimney stack with no inherent value for the people who live there. No community access, dirty, beside a massive incinerator and sewage plant. Yeah, that’s Dublin all right.

  1. TypeONegative

    I’m all for cladding over those manky brown-streaked yokes. Sure paint the stripes back on after and from a distance none’s the wiser.
    Who am I kidding, this is Dublin so it’ll probably end up being a minimum effort patchwork job anyway that will look worse.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          in all seriousness, i think liverpool will be fine – enough quality to see off the likes of fulham, west brom, brighton etc

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            It’s only the hope that they’re going to win the CL (I know you’re an Arsenal fan but you must have heard of it) that’s keeping me sane.

  2. newsjustin

    Knock them down and replace them with one or more very big wind turbines. And paint the wind turbines red and white as a nod to the towers.

  3. Nilbert

    Tear them down, I’m sick of seeing screen-prints/watercolors/etchings/tattoos of these miserable looking eyesores by every blow-in hipster who thinks they represent authentic Dublin.

    Pooe oul Zosimus would be turning in his grave, down be Faddle Alley with Nancy Needleballs and all the gang.

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